Mich., Illinois partner on Medicaid technology

Michigan is sharing its Medicaid technology system with Illinois to save both states and the federal governments tens of millions of dollars.

The states say their unprecedented alliance will let Illinois access Michigan's Medicaid Management Information System. It's the technology that supports the state's Medicaid program.

Medicaid is a joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Illinois' current legacy system is more than 30 years old.

Illinois could save $67 million and the federal government $272 million under the arrangement. Michigan could cut its operation and maintenance costs by 20 percent and potentially save $10 million over five years.